PREP BASKETBALL: ‘Effective communication on the floor is very important’: West Point’s Camryn Faulkner talks freshman season

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West Point’s Camryn Faulkner. (Bill Piper/The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. — The West Point Lady Warriors are coming off another solid season in which they won win another area championship and advances to the Sub-Regionals. Freshman Camryn Faulkner recapped that season and talked about what it was like playing with this group of teammates.

“Last season went good. I feel like we learned from the losses we had in the season as a team and ended our season way better than we started,” Faulkner said. “It’s been sort of a transition because up until I started playing on varsity in ninth grade, I’ve basically played basketball at West Point with the same group of girls. We’d been building chemistry since third grade. What I’ve learned from them so far is how to better accept defeat, but still continue to play through the season with my head held high, and that effective communication on the floor is very important.”

Camryn talked about what it’s been like playing under head coach John Welborn, what she has improved the most in her game, and what she will continue to work on.

“He is tough, but I appreciate his tough coaching style. He has taught me to always keep a level head, no matter how hard things get in the game,” she said. “I’ve improved my shot and effectively taking the ball to the hole more. I’ll continue to work on my shot and being more aggressive in the paint.”

She has some goals set for herself and for the team this upcoming season and she talked about what will make this team special to watch, plus her role models in basketball.

“My individual goal is to get a D1 scholarship playing basketball, and the team goal is to make it to state,” she said. “What will make this team special to watch this season is our growth as a team from last season to this season. My role models are my family for supporting me in everything I do and my travel ball coach, Daniel Hudson, who played basketball for UAB and Birmingham Southern. He taught me a lot of things about the game that has helped me get better and I have a better IQ of the game as well. Another one of my role models is Michael Jordan. I want to play just like him one day.”

Camryn shared some of the best advice that she’s ever gotten from her mom.

“The best advice I’ve ever been given came from my mom. She told me, ‘Keep your head held high and don’t let anyone bring it down’. That’s always stuck with me and I always try my best to keep my head held high all the time and to not let opponents in the game or anyone else get to me.”

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